Seasonal guide to Los Angeles

Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.

Through March 2020

Introducing Derek Gores

This February marks the beginning of an exciting month-long exhibition at the hotel, as internationally-renowned collage artist Derek Gores displays his works. Prepare to be inspired as Gores employs his signature balance of detail and playfulness to build seemingly endless puzzles into his works. The pieces will be on display throughout the hotel, or see if you can spot Gores during a live installation, rearranging recycled magazines, maps and more to form a Surrealist image on canvas.

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
+1 310 472 1211
Image © Olivia Womack

Introducing Derek Gores
Betye Saar: Call and Response
Until April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
lacma.org
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California

March 13-15, 2020

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

Each spring, the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival brings together performers, activities and spectacles in a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture – hence the cherry blossom. Traditional Japanese drumming, dance and origami will be on show, as well as more contemporary aspects of the culture, including cosplay, anime and electronic music.

5901 Engineer Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
occbfest.com
Image © iStock/PongsakornJun

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
LA Lakers Home Games
Until April, 2020

LA Lakers Home Games

Local sporting legends the Los Angeles Lakers are set to shoot a series of competitive slam dunks against the best basketball teams in the country at their home stadium from January. It’s an exciting time to visit the City of Angels, with sports enthusiasts lining up to cheer as the country’s finest NBA players go neck and neck on the court.

Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
+1 213 742 7100
nba.com
Image © iStock/-Ivinist-

March 5 – 24, 2020

Power to the People! Festival

The Walt Disney Concert Hall plays host to a series of events during the Power to the People! music and performance festival. The event explores concepts such as place, courage and community and features performances from pianist Conrad Tao and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

+1 323 850 2000
laphil.com
Image © iStock/piola666

Power to the People! Festival
LA Nature Fest
March 14 – 15, 2020

LA Nature Fest

Head down to the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum to discover LA’s wild side. LA Nature Fest will involve talks and Q&As with scientists and nature experts, hands on crafts and activities to get involved in and local organisations, encouraging awareness and involvement. There is even the chance to meet animals such as falcons, owls and reptiles in the flesh, or (if you prefer a more ancient species) you can even watch a raptor demonstration.

The Museum of Natural History
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007 
+1 213 763 3466
nhm.org

Image © iStock/Yarinca

Through April, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers 2019-2020 Season

One of two professional basketball teams in Los Angeles, the LA Clippers’ latest season will kick off at the end of October. Based in the Staples Center, the team maintain a friendly rivalry with the LA Lakers, with whom they share the stadium. Attendees can look forward to an electric atmosphere on the court and in the stands.

Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

+1 213 204 2900
nba.com/clippers
Image © iStock/Moses Kinna

Los Angeles Clippers 2019-2020 Season
The Other Art Fair
April 16 – 19, 2020

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair’s L.A. show is only in its second year (although the outfit behind all the global shows, Saatchi art is now based in L.A.), but it is the place to purchase art from emerging talent on the West Coast. With 130 artists exhibiting this year, you can be sure to find something to your taste, or take-home multiple pieces, for that matter – prices start from just $150, so you needn’t hold back.

Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

+1 310 390 9071
la.theotherartfair.com

Image © The Other Art Fair

Until May 11, 2020

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim

The Open House series is a range of exhibitions created to celebrate the 40th birthday of MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art). The second in the series, Gala Porras-Kim’s work discusses accuracy, memory and records and examines how these themes intermingle with ideas such as inequality, colonialism and war. The impact of curators and other museum staff on their collections, is also explored in this brave, interpretation-focused exhibition.

MOCA
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim
Julie Mehretu
Until May 17, 2020

Julie Mehretu

Taking visitors on a transcending visual voyage of colonialism, capitalism, unrest, diaspora, war and more, LACMA presents the first ever retrospective of Julie Mehretu. The Ethiopian-born, American artist is best known for her large-scale, abstract canvases and this survey includes 35 of Mehretu’s key paintings, in addition to 40 intricate works on paper.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © LACMA/Julie Mehretu

Until May 11, 2020

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

Fashioned by 50 American artists, a dizzying curation of mixed media works covering the years from 1972 to 1985 fill the display cases at this eclectic exhibition. With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first large-scale review of a boundary-pushing American art movement.

MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA/gift of Paula and Allan Rudnick

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985
Flight of the Fancy: The Galle Chandelier
April 9, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Flight of the Fancy: The Galle Chandelier

Gérard Jean Galle made a beautifully embellished bronze chandelier, which resembles a hot air balloon, in around 1818-19. Today, the French caster and gilder’s astonishing piece takes pride of place at this Getty Museum exhibition. Flight of the Fancy: The Galle Chandelier showcases Galle’s dazzling fixture, considered overwhelmingly modern at the time of its inception.

The Getty
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

April 14

Marvels from Eastern Europe

As part of a series of intimate chamber music concerts, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is performing a selection of 20th-century Eastern European chamber music for one night only. Begin the evening at the complimentary wine reception before being transported by stunning string renditions of Bartók, Martinů and Janáček.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
11 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 323 850 2000
laphil.com

Marvels from Eastern Europe
With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972 – 1985
Until May 11

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972 – 1985

Over 50 American artists from the ground-breaking Pattern and Decoration movement feature in MOCA’s first-ever exploration of the defiant, postmodern style. The exhibition showcases paintings, collages, sculptures, installations and performance documentation to shine a light on this underestimated movement.

MOCA
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA

April 21 – July 26

Dora Maar

The combined strengths of the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and the J. Paul Getty Museum are liberating the legacy of Dora Maar from out of Picasso’s shadow. The early 20th-century painter and photographer’s work certainly holds its own against the Surrealist icons in this show, the most extensive Dora Maar retrospective ever held.

Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © Getty

Dora Maar
Yoshitomo Nara
April 5 – August 2

Yoshitomo Nara

The conceptual process of one of Japan’s most beloved artists, Yoshitomo Nara, is the focus of LACMA’s staggering new exhibition. Works drawn from across 30 years of the visionary’s career, from never-before-seen sketches to Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture, are on display to celebrate Nara’s passion, vision and unique humour.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © Yoshitomo Nara, LACMA

Until September 20

Hamilton

Don’t miss the chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s era-defining musical in its new Los Angeles run. Telling the story of America’s founding father through hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is a rightfully record-setting musical that has won countless accolades and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028
+1 800 982 2787
hollywoodpantages.com
Image © Joao Marcus

Hamilton
Pelléas et Mélisande
May 2 – 23

Pelléas et Mélisande

David McVicar’s production of Debussy’s sensual opera in five acts, Pelléas et Mélisande is singing its way onto the Los Angeles stage this May. First produced for audiences in 1902, the story is a timeless one, beginning deep in the forest with a hunter and a maiden, and surging forth relentlessly into forbidden love and heartbreak.

Los Angeles Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © Richard Campbell

May 7

Sunday in the Park with George

One of the greatest works of musical theatre, Sunday in the Park with George tells the story of Impressionist painter and champion of pointillism, Georges Seurat, as he completes his most famous work. Set to be a night to remember, this performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic is in celebration of Sondheim’s 90th birthday and conducted by none other than Gustavo Dudamel.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 323 850 2000
laphil.com

Sunday in the Park with George
Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins
Until July 27

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

Showcasing artifacts from a staggering three millennia of history, Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins shines a light on the achievements of the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians who once called the land “between the rivers” in modern-day Iraq home. An exceptional joint venture from The Getty and the Louvre, this exhibition is not to be missed.

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © RMN Grand Palais Herve Lewandowski

May 16 – 17

Beverly Hills artSHOW

A favourite fixture on the spring calendar, the Beverly Hills artSHOW brings the works of over 240 artists to Santa Monica Boulevard for a two-day creative extravaganza. Everything from sculpture and photography to painting, ceramics and jewellery has a place here, with plenty of street food, drink and live music to make this a very entertaining weekend.

Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills 90210
+1 310 285 6830
beverlyhills.org
Image © Christopher Keith

Beverly Hills artSHOW
Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq
Until September 5, 2022

Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

The epic relief sculptures – now priceless ancient treasures – carved to adorn the palaces of Assyrian kings in the first millennium BCE are on display at the Getty Villa, thanks to a collaboration with London’s British Museum. Part of a glorious empire-building tradition, the reliefs vividly show scenes of warfare, myth, rituals and Assyrian courtly life and mark a zenith of Mesopotamian art.

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © The Trustees of the British Museum

Until April 6, 2020

Beyond the World We Know

Beyond the World We Know – Abstraction in Photography is a presentation of abstraction as a non-representational visual language; the exhibition also looks at the style’s role in photography. Subjects are transformed to varying degrees, with artists using methods such as Frederick Sommer’s camera-less photography or Edmund Teske’s Sabbatier technique (a process of chemical toning and solar bleaching).

Norton Simon Museum
+1 323 851 7530
artlosangelesfair.com
Image © Norton Simon Museum

Beyond the World We Know
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening
Coming soon

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

A spectacular Renzo Piano-designed tribute to the silver screen, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open its doors in early 2020. Film buffs who can clock a Kubrick from a Kramer can admire Hollywood’s most treasured relics—Dorothy’s red slippers included—with the Oscars Experience an apt nod to sheer star-studded glamour.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 310 247 3000
academymuseum.org
Image © A.M.P.A.S